We're only one week away from the draft, and with everyone weighing in with their own opinions, I've decided to dive into this world of hypotheticals. Though, I see no hypotheticals in mine. The 2013 Curry Mock Draft is the 100% accurate, no bulls**t, mock draft that you have been craving since last season's final snap. It should be prefaced with a spoiler alert.
Boom! Okay, things are already getting a little crazy. Someone sedate JR before he gets a little over anxious. San Francisco moves up to add a little help to either their secondary or wide receiver core, and Carolina doesn’t give up much for it. We add our only third round pick in the draft and now have another opportunity to fix more issues. Now let’s see what the Panthers do at 31..
31. With the 31st pick in the NFL Draft, The Carolina Panthers select Matt Elam, Strong Safety, Florida.
The Panthers address a problem they have been treating as a short term solution with a long term solution. Elam is a nasty, hard hitting safety, with better speed (4.45 forty) than the only safety ranked above him on the board. Elam will become an immediate impact player for the Panthers, with the days of getting Nakamura'ed disappearing like a beautiful Texas hill country sunset.
44. With the 44th pick in the NFL Draft, The Carolina Panthers select Johnathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State.
Big Boy Hankins is a big risk/big reward pick. He is not very quick and probably won't be a league leader in sacks. But with guys like Hardy and Johnson providing those services, having a Hankins plug up the run is not a bad option. Hankins is a strong DT who, as multiple commenters have pointed out, could turn into the next Vince Wilfork. Johnson, Hardy, Edwards, and Rumblin Tumblin Hankins on the D-Line? Suddenly 2013 is looking real good.
93. With the 93rd pick in the NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Marquise Goodwin, Wide Receiver, Texas.
The benefit of an extra pick from the 49ers allows us to gamble. Blazing fast speed, good hands, great work ethic, Olympic athlete? That's a gamble I am willing to make. Understandibly, this pick shows the door to Joe Adams. A return game with Ginn Jr. and Goodwin means that the Panthers will be relevant on special teams for the first time in a long time. Goodwin opens up the deep threat for Cam like it's nobody's business. Let some other team waste a first rounder on Tavon Austin, I'll take the cheaper generic brand anyday.
108. With the 108th pick in the NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Joseph Fauria, Tight End, UCLA.
Let's see if Cam Newton can overthrow this guy. At 6'7, Fauria, becomes an immediate passing threat in the redzone. NFL.com lists one of his strengths as "boxing out" which will be useful on a necessary third down. Fauria, who's Uncle Christian was an NFL tight end for 13 years, has good hands and ran a 4.72 yard dash. His weaknesses are in the blocking game, but with a lot of work in the offseason, he could become an early contributor.
148. With the 148th pick in the NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Jordan Mills, Offensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech
Someone in a fan post pointed out that Gettleman doesn't draft offensive lineman until at least the fifth round, so I am sticking with that trend. Mills is a very strong right tackle who is versatile enough to play left tackle as well. He is strong and has good size. NFL.com says Mills is a big time hustle player. His weaknesses are that he is occasionally slow off the line and gets a lot of holding calls. Analysts call Mills "very coachable." My strength in analyzing OL prospects is like yours, which is probably not very good, so take it at face value.
182. With the 182nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Hugh Thornton, Offensive Guard, Illinois.
Thornton is a little tall for an interior lineman spot at 6'3 but is a strong OG who can help alleviate some of the offensive line woes. His personal life is horrifc, he found his mother and sister murdered at home as a child, but has overcome a lot of adversity to end up in the NFL draft. I did best on the board for OG and the film doesn't show a lot, but if the analysis is true, Thornton could be a steal in such a late round. So there you have it, the annual Curry Mock Draft is officially over. I look forward to your comments.